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SWAN urges Soludo to invest in sports development

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has called on Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo to give priority to sports development.

The Anambra state chapter of SWAN, which made the request in a communiqué issued after its June Congress held in Awka, also urged the government to ensure adequate investment in the sports sector.

The communiqué signed by the State Chairman, Anthony Oji and the Secretary, Chimezie Anaso, recommended that the Governor “adopt sports as part of the measures for fighting insecurity and ensuring social stability” in the state.

“We congratulate Chukwuma Soludo on his victory and assumption of office as Governor of Anambra and commend him for his untiring strides so far, especially in the area of restoring security and social stability in the state,” it said.

“It is our considered opinion that giving attention to sports and making an adequate investment in the sector will complement efforts at ensuring peace because of the alternative and opportunities it provides for the teeming youth population”.

The communique expressed the Association’s gratitude to the erstwhile Willie Obiano-led administration for constructing the Awka Township Stadium pitch, which has been adjudged one of the best in the country.

Describing the stadium as “befitting of Anambra as a foremost sporting state in Nigeria”, the communique said it would also help to create a budding sports economy that should be sustained by the Soludo administration.

It urged Governor Soludo to “set up a Stadium Management Committee” to ensure proper management and maintenance of the facility, which would also make for profitable use and sustainability.

Training for athletes

It also called for regular training and retraining programmes for Anambra athletes and technical officials as well as their participation in national competitions.

“SWAN joins the sports Stakeholders in Anambra to give the people of the state a football club of their own like other states of the federation, especially now that there is a top-notch facility in the state for that purpose,” the communique said.

“SWAN calls for a proper constitution of the Anambra State Sports Development Commission in line with its Establishment Act for optimal planning, implementation and output in the sports sector.”

Sports culture revival

In the same vein, it called for the revival of sports culture through the activation of Inter-House Sports, School Sports and State Sports festivals.

Writing by Uche Ndeke; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor